Aperion Intimus 533 Cinema HD Speaker System and Yamaha RX-V861 A/V Receiver At A Glance & Ratings: Aperion

At A Glance: Aperion Intimus 533 Cinema HD Speaker System

Subwoofer: Intimus S-10
Connections: Speaker- and line-level, stereo
Enclosure Type: Vented
Woofer (size in inches, type): 10, PVA-treated paper cone
Power Rating (watts): 200 RMS, 350 peak
Crossover Bypass: No
Available Finishes: Cherry Veneer, High-Gloss Piano- Black Lacquer
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 17.5 x 13.25 x 19
Weight (pounds): 56
Price: $499

These listings are based on the manufacturer's stated specs; the HT Labs box below indicates the gear's performance on our test bench.

Speaker: Intimus 533-T
Type: 2.5-way, tower
Tweeter (size in inches, type): 1, silk dome
Midrange (size in inches, type): 4, polypropylene
Mid-Woofer (size in inches, type): 5.25, mineral-filled polypropylene cone (2);
5.25, mineral-filled
polypropylene passive
radiator (1)
Nominal Impedance (ohms): 5–10
Recommended Amp Power (watts): 50–200
Available Finishes: Cherry Veneer, Gloss Black Lacquer
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 38.5 x 9.25 x 10.75
Weight (pounds): 38
Price: $375/each

Speaker: Intimus 533-VAC
Type: Three-way, center
Tweeter (size in inches, type): 1, silk dome
Mid-Woofer (size in inches, type): 5.25, mineral-filled polypropylene cone (1)
Nominal Impedance (ohms): 8
Recommended Amp Power (watts): 50–150
Available Finishes: Cherry Veneer, Gloss Black Lacquer
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 7.33 x 19 x 8
Weight (pounds): 20
Price: $280

Speaker: Intimus 532-LR
Type: Two-way, bookshelf
Tweeter (size in inches, type): 1, silk dome
Mid-Woofer (size in inches, type): 5.25, mineral-filled polypropylene cone (1)
Nominal Impedance (ohms): 8
Recommended Amp Power (watts): 50–150
Available Finishes: Cherry Veneer, Gloss Black Lacquer
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 11.5 x 7.33 x 8
Weight (pounds): 13
Price: $180/each

Ratings: Intimus 533 Cinema HD Speaker System

Build Quality: 90 Good
• Finished in cherry veneer or black lacquer, not vinyl
• Silk dome tweeters
• Gold-nut binding posts

Value: 93 Good
• By selling direct, Aperion keeps pricing low
• BGood materials, especially enclosures

Features: 89 Average
• 5.25-inch woofers in cast-aluminum baskets
• Center has 4-inch midrange driver
• Proprietary crossover

Performance: 88 Average
• Sub plays deep and clean
• Center is vocally clear
• Strongly outlined mids
• Strings hot, guitars sizzly

Ergonomics: 94 Good
• Glossy wood veneers enhance room décor
• Can't hide these things, but you wouldn't want to

Overall Rating: 90 Good
Aperion Audio has always provided excellent value by selling direct via phone or Web. The Intimus 533 Cinema HD System continues in the tradition with an especially affordable tower and a sub that plays strong and deep. The free trial period and money-back guarantee make this value play a no-brainer.

General Information
Intimus 533 Cinema HD Speaker System, $1,889/5.1-channel package; Intimus 533-T Tower Speaker, $375/each
Intimus 533-VAC Center-Channel Speaker, $280
Intimus 532-LR Bookshelf Speaker, $180/each
Intimus S-10 Subwoofer, $499
Aperion Audio
(888) 880-8992
aperionaudio.com

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